Friday Links


Above, you’ll find the cover to Spectacular Spider-Man #150, published back in the good old days of 1989. On the cover, we see Daily Bugle editor Joseph “Robbie” Robertson in court. Things do not appear to be going well for him (and we’re somewhat surprised that the judge is determining his guilt rather than a jury of his peers). We may need to track down this issue and learn a bit more about this trial and how Spider-Man reacts to it.

Oh, and yes, we’ll be watching the new season of “House of Cards” this weekend. Who else is watching? No spoilers!

Our favorite tweet of late comes from our own Stuart Mauney, who offers the gem below. (You know, once of these days, we’ll have to do a blog post listing all of GWB’s lawyers who maintain Twitter accounts.).

Friday Links


So, above is the cover of City of Heroes #6, published not so long ago in 2004. You may recall that back in August of last year we showed you the cover of issue #5, which begins the “Jury Duty” storyline in this comic book series. The cover depicts the hero Apex, who had previously received a jury summons in the preceding issue. But how does a superhero receive a jury summons? How would the relevant governmental entity know where to serve a summons upon the hero (or that the hero in question was from the proper jury pool)? Further, if the summons itself was addressed to the real name of the hero who calls himself Apex, why then did he show up to the courthouse in costume? These are good questions.

Friend of the blog Tamara Tabo recently appeared on MSNBC’s “The Docket” in order to discuss her recent piece in Above The Law about the legal implications of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In fact, in an email, she gave us some grief (perhaps well deserved) for not including a link to her post in our own similar blog entry earlier this week. Well, we remedy that error here! To watch the MSNBC segment, please click here.

We were saddened to hear of the loss of former Baylor Law School professor Matt Dawson, who passed away this week at age 98. Information on his life can be found here. He was also instrumental in making Baylor Law’s famed Practice Court program what it is today.

In case you missed it, our own Howard Boyd authored his first blog entry this week. Check it out here if you have not before.

Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. Opens Charleston, South Carolina Office

Big news! We here at the Abnormal Use law blog and Gallivan, White, and Boyd, P.A. are very pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Charleston, South Carolina! That means that we now have five offices: Greenville, South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Anderson, South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

How about that?

In conjunction with this announcement, we are also pleased to announce that Mikell Wyman and Blakely Molitor have joined our new Charlotte office.

We welcome them aboard!

To read our firm’s official press release on the new office, please click here.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Abnormal Use!

We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. wish you, our dear readers, a happy Valentine’s Day. Since today is a holiday of sorts and a Saturday, as well, we hope you can pry yourselves from your desks and billable tasks to enjoy the day. Above, you’ll find the cover of Batman: The Long Halloween #5, published back in the halcyon days of 1997. (You can find a detailed summary of the plot of this issue at the always reliable Comicvine website by clicking here.). Whatever the case, have a safe and festive holiday weekend.

To see our past Valentine’s Day posts (and Valentine themed comic book covers), please see here, here, here, here, and here.

Friday Links


So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, we direct you to the above comic book cover, that of Donald Duck and the Valentine’s Day Hitch #1, published in 2013. Here’s the plot summary from the always reliable Comicvine website:

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and Donald Duck is in trouble: he is having a hard time writing a romantic card to Daisy! For inspiration, Donald decides to use an old Valentine’s Day card that he wrote many years before…for someone else!

If that’s Donald’s plan, we suspect that hijinks will ensue.

By the way, in addition to Valentine’s Day Eve, it’s also Friday The 13th. This seems appropriate.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Hospitality Law Conference this past week in Houston, Texas. We were pleased to be there.

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Abnormal Use At The Hospitality Law Conference In Texas


Last week, we alerted you that we here at Abnormal Use would be present at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas. Well, in keeping with that recent tradition, we will also find ourselves at this week’s Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. Accordingly, if you’re in the Lone Star State for this seminar, please seek us out and introduce yourself.

Just like last week, our editor, Jim Dedman, will be live tweeting this conference. You can follow him either at his personal Twitter account, @JimDedman, or our firm’s official Twitter account, @GWBLawFirm. If you yourself are on Twitter, please check it out and send us a note. A bonus: Jim may still have some of snazzy promotional materials to distribute.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday Links


As we previously mentioned, we here at Abnormal Use are in Las Vegas this week for the DRI Products Liability Conference. Accordingly, we present you with the cover of Godzilla #9, published way, way back in 1978. As you can see, Godzilla is not too please with Las Vegas, and you know the city is in trouble when the comic book storyline is titled “Last Gamble in Las Vegas.

By the way, you can read up on the Products Liability Conference by searching the #DRIProducts hashtag on Twitter.

Spoiler Alert: Next week, we will be at the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. If you see us, say hello!

Well, I guess we’re going to have to watch “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel spin-off featuring Walter White’s infamous attorney, Saul Goodman. Let us know your thoughts, if any, when and if you watch it.

Abnormal Use At The DRI Product Liability Conference (In Las Vegas)


We here at Abnormal Use have been writing about products liability cases for five years now. So, it may not surprise you, dear readers, that we will be attending the 2015 DRI Product Liability Conference this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. As you may suspect, we here at the blog and at Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. are big fans of DRI and remain very active in that organization. So, our editor, Jim Dedman, will be at this week’s products liability conference. If you see him, please introduce yourself. He may even have with him some snazzy promotional materials we created in support of our blogging efforts. (Jim is also the vice chair for newsletters for the DRI Product Liability Committee.).

If Jim follows tradition, he will be live tweeting at least some portions of the conference. You can follow him either at his personal Twitter account, @JimDedman, or our firm’s official Twitter account, @GWBLawFirm. If you yourself are on Twitter (and surely you must be), please check it out and send us a note.

Groundhog Day


So, it’s Monday, and it’s Groundhog Day (again).

Perhaps we’re leaning on the holiday for an easy post today. But we here at Abnormal Use feel compelled to recognize the occasion.

We’ve not done many Groundhog Day posts in the past, but if you’re interested, you can see our earlier musings on the subject here. In fact, in that 2012 post, we noted:

Well, it’s Groundhog Day, again. We here at Abnormal Use are immense fans of the Bill Murray film by that name (and in fact, our editor even saw it at the theatre as part of a pre-release sneak preview!).  One thing we litigators can enjoy is the fact that each day presents a new challenge.  On Tuesday, it’s the deposition of a Plaintiff in a products case. On Wednesday, it’s a hearing on this, that, or the other. On Thursday, it’s a mediation.  On Friday, it’s something entirely different, maybe trial.  So, unlike Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, we can usually avoid the quotidian monotony depicted in the film and be thankful that every day is, usually, quite different from the one before.

See how we tied Groundhog Day to the perils of litigation? How about that? This is why we love blogging.

Be certain to have a festive day, and let’s hope it’s not six more weeks of winter.

Friday Links


Although we’ve previously written about Lou Reed’s Mistrial album, we were previously unfamiliar with this bootleg, Lou Reed On Trial . . . (which notes that it was “as recorded by his lawyer.”) You can read a bit more about this album over at Discogs (a valuable site for those obsessed with music and rare albums). It was recorded live in Philadelphia in 1989, apparently, and of course, he played the song “Mistrial” at the concert in question. Sadly, we here at Abnormal Use were never able to see Lou Reed live. Alas.

On a somewhat related music note, we missed the fortieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. A fantastic album, that. (Hat Tip: Ben Dungan).

Here’s an interesting article from Connectivity: “How to Live-Tweet a Conference.” As you’ll soon see, this may come in handy.

Well, since Google Fiber is apparently coming to North Carolina, we’ll have to start reading the Google Fiber Blog. (Hat Tip: Erik Mazzone).

Two weeks from today, on February 13, 2015, the Charlotte School of Law’s Law Review is sponsoring a symposium entitled “For Your Eyes Only: Where Privacy Ends and the Law Begins.” For more information on that event (including the ripped from the headlines program agenda), click here.

Our favorite tweet of the week is from our editor: